British & Irish Lion Jonathan Davies admits the disappointment of missing out on Wales’ World Cup training squad due to a serious knee injury is yet to fully sink in.
The 27-year-old is likely to be out for up to seven months after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament playing for club side Clermont Auvergne.
But the centre – who played in all three of the 2013 Lions Tests against Australia – says he would rather sit out the tournament than risk his long-term career.
"I've done an ACL before so I know what's coming and it's going to be tough, but sometimes you've got to use your head, not your heart,” he said.
"I didn't want to be going into a major tournament like that, knowing that there's something not right with my knee. It's not ideal but it could be worse.
"The World Cup squad was announced on Monday and you feel a bit disappointed not being involved. Once the games start coming around, then it might sink in.”
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